DSP Ayub Pandith lynched in Srinagar: Two arrested, police probe Mirwaiz Umar Farooq link

Two of the three suspects have been arrested for lynching a senior police officer and a hunt is on for the third, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid said on Friday.

IANS June 23, 2017 15:47:31 IST
DSP Ayub Pandith lynched in Srinagar: Two arrested, police probe Mirwaiz Umar Farooq link

Srinagar: Two of the three suspects have been arrested for lynching a senior police officer and a hunt is on for the third, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid said on Friday.

Vaid said separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's men were involved in the Thursday night killing of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayub Pandith.

"We have identified three people and two of them have been arrested. The third will be arrested soon," he told the media.

DSP Ayub Pandith lynched in Srinagar Two arrested police probe Mirwaiz Umar Farooq link

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The body of Pandith was recovered on Friday morning outside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area where he was killed.

Asked if Mirwaiz was inside the mosque when the incident happened, Vaid said the investigation was on but "definitely his (Mirwaiz's) men are involved in the murder".

"He was murdered by the same people whose protection he was ensuring. Those who were involved would face the law," he said.

Vaid said Pandith was frisking visitors to the mosque to ensure no one was carrying weapons.

Asked if Pandith's colleagues abandoned him, Vaid said the matter was being investigated and if this was true, those responsible would be taken to task.

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